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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort, Nov, 2006,

by Tom Thompson, IL, USA . Report 3194.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving San Diego, California; Freeport, Grand Bahama; Keys in Florida; lakes and quarries in Illinois
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Return to surface with 500 PSI; we did some shore diving where we did dive our own profiles but not from the boat trips.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments There were special tanks on shore and on the boat. Conditions were good for lots of shots. Hired a videographer who did an excellent video of a shore dive with my 80 year old father-in-law on the dive with us.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We booked through a Dive Travel agent who was very helpful. My wife accompanied me (less experienced as a diver with 30 dives) and my 80 year old father-in-law came along. He did great and we had a great time with good support from the Buddy Dive Shop and crew. One of their instructors helped all of us drop a lot of weight which made our diving a lot more enjoyable and neutral buoyancy achievable. The boat captains and divemasters were great and were safety conscious.

The staff at the front desk were not helpful or attentive. They were mostly a young group who seemed more interested in socializing than in helping customers.

We found the trucks and dive through dive shop to be great and it made shore diving enjoyable.
I'd reccommend Buddy's for newer divers and for people who want to take it easy, enjoy the dives, see lots of marine life (but not many large animals/fish. We did see quite a few eels, sea snakes and large schools of various fish: durgon, parrot fish, snappers, etc.
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